Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! — 2 Corinthians 5:17
My family and I recently looked at a house for sale which, according to the real estate listing, had “great potential”. It’s a big, old, beautiful house that I’ve loved since the moment I first saw it years ago. So, when I saw that it was on the market and for a very affordable price, I just had to go take a look.
Unfortunately, the inside of the house needed tons of work. A builder friend looked at it with us and estimated we’d need to spend close to $100,000 to fully renovate the 100 year old beauty. As I walked through the home’s many rooms, I imagined what they would look like once the wood floors were brought back to their original luster and the walls were repaired and painted. It could have been stunning.
Sadly, we had to walk away from the house because the repairs were just too much for us to take on. The cost would stretch us too far, and we just don’t have time for the amount of sweat equity we’d have to put into her restoration. We had to leave the home the way it was listed in the real estate ad, “as-is”.
Isn’t it comforting to know that when Jesus looks at us, when he walks through the spaces of our hearts and souls, he sees the already restored, renovated person he has created us to be? While we tend to dwell on all the work we still need to do on ourselves, he beams with pride over His beautiful, spotless and perfect creation. He doesn’t see us as having great potential, he sees our potential fulfilled. Because of His blood, sweat and tears, we are no longer left “as-is”.